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(WEST--OKLAHOMA.) An Indian Territory Deputy Marshal's prisoner receipt book. 58 pages of printed forms. Oblong 8vo, 1/4 calf, moderate wear; numerous leaves removed at the stub, 7 leaves used as scrapbook for medical cures clipped from newspapers (one detached); signed on inner cover by deputy from Ada, Indian Territory. Ada, OK, circa 1904
An unusual piece of western ephemera: a volume of blank prisoner receipts to be used by a United States Deputy Marshal. Each receipt has blanks to record a prisoner's name, how many days the deputy had guard over him, and a certification that the lack of a nearby jail made this custody "absolutely necessary for the safe custody of the prisoner herein named." The original owner was William S. Duncan (1866-1943) of Ada and Hickory, OK, who became a deputy in 1904. A 1937 interview with him in the Indian Pioneer History Collection recounts his exploits as a deputy.
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